Mental Illness is Not a Choice

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Two Balloons. Going Up.

When we're two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we've found the right person. Our soul mate is the one who makes life come to life. -Richard Bach, from The Bridge Across ForeverI was never the kind of girl who did what girls were supposed to do....more

Your huddled masses

As middle-class, middle-aged, suburban Caucasians, it is easy to get stuck in the same routine for work, play, and leisure. Drive in the same car everyday to work, shop at the same grocery and big box store, worship at the same location and hang out at the local coffee stand....more
Interesting post. I haven't thought about this before. I used to take buses before I can drive. ...more

Getting Healthy Part 3... Take a Walk!

In addition to the change in diet we have implemented as a family, the hubby has sold us on the idea of taking a walk around the neighborhood park every night after dinner.  The purpose is three-fold:  to incorporate movement in our daily routine, to walk off any extra calories, and most importantly, to exhaust the little one into an early bedtime. And don’t misunderstand, my 3 year old is not normal, he can stay up all night long if we let him. He is still unusually alert at 2am. Anyway, walking around a lake and feeding the ducks for an hour really helps tire him out....more

You and your family are getting healthy and active. I'm sure you've already heard of the First ...more

An Unplanned Life

It seems that the most important decisions I have made in my life were made without any planning, and were for the most part made out of necessity. The first—and most significant—of these was actually one that was made for us:  becoming parents. The impact of this life-altering news did more than just turn us into an instant family, it changed everything we knew about our lives....more

Are You a Hugger?

I am. I can't even imagine saying hi or good-bye to my best friend without giving her a hug. But there certainly have been times in my life where it has become painfully obvious that not everyone is....more

I just need a moment

Other parents, particularly mothers, have often advised me to enjoy this time with my children – that one day I’ll wake up and the house will be empty.  These women warn that when their own children were young, they assumed life would be so much easier when the kids were weaned, or out of diapers, or in school, or driving, or…(fill in the blank). They had looked forward to these events and reclaiming the tiny bit of independence that each brought with it.  And eventually their little ones ...more

Which "One" Am I?

My brother is here for the holiday weekend. He's the only one that actually stayed home while the rest of us uprooted here for some reason that I still have trouble explaining to people. It's rather unusual that we all ended up moving our lives to the midwest while my brother remains in Sunny California. Most people here would think we've been living in the midwest and he was the one that went off to live the glamourous LA life....more

Women and Work in Germany

A friend recently sent me a link to an article in The New York Times titled 'Women Nudged Out of German Workforce'. It was rather appropriate timing as I have spent much of the last week and a half in  my German class discussing the issues that women regularly face here in Germany in business and what causes them. ...more

Come Over to the Dark Side

          I have spent the last few years trying to lure my sister into joining the social networking community. (Come on. All your friends are doing it.) Her response is always “I don’t have time,” which is a legitimate excuse, considering how much of my time is sucked up by the internet. Although, upon reflection, I have found this reason lacks accuracy and understanding of the social networking phenomena....more